Melt and pour soap bases are very easy to use. It is a great way to make your own soap safely and without much expert knowledge.
Melt and pour soap bases are also great for soaps with lots of details or different shapes as they mould very easily and with minimal effort. This makes it easier to create unique designs and patterns in the soap.
Once the soap base has been melted and set in the moulds, they can be used straight away and do not require a curing period.
Using a melt and pour soap base also means that you don’t have to handle sodium hydroxide, or lye, which is an ingredient in cold process soap making. Sodium hydroxide is hazardous and requires very careful handling, because it can be dangerous.
How To Use Melt and Pour Soap Bases
Melt and pour soap bases are very easy to use. Simply cut the soap base into small cubes, and melt it using either a microwave or a double boiler. Make sure to melt the soap base slowly, to stop it from boiling.
Once the soap base is melted, add any desired fragrances or colourings before pouring into a mould. The melt and pour soap base can take about 6 hours to fully harden.
Once they are set, make sure to wrap the soaps in clingfilm to help stop the soap from sweating and losing water.
Melt and pour soap bases should be sealed and stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
Use silica gel to help absorb moisture from the air, this will help fend off any moisture that is attracted to your soap.
How many bars of soap does 1kg of melt and pour make?
It really depends on the moulds that you’re using, but most bars of soap are around 100g. Normally you can get between 9 and 13 bars of soap from 1kg of melt and pour soap base.
How many bars of soap does 1 lb of melt and pour make?
You can make around 4 to 6 bars of soap with 1 lb of a melt and pour soap base. These would be around 4 ounce bars of soap.
Is soap base the same as melt and pour?
Yes, a melt and pour soap is also known as a soap base. It is a premade soap that can be customised with colours and fragrances.
Does melt and pour soap expire?
Melt and pour soap bases typically last for 1 to 2 years, this is when the soap base is at its best. However, they do not go mouldy or rancid so it is quite possible to store them for longer.
It is recommended to store them in a cool dry place to keep the quality of the soap base.
Can I add honey to melt and pour soap?
Melt and pour soap bases are designed to only have fragrance and colour added to them. Adding anything else can have unpredictable results.
However, you can experiment by adding honey to your melt and pour soap base, but make sure to test recipes for this as it can affect the quality of the soap base.
Can you put lemon juice in melt and pour soap?
Adding lemon juice to a melt and pour soap base can potentially cause the soap to be soft.
We would recommend using a lemon essential oil in order to add the citrusy scent to your soap base, without affecting the final product.
Can I put coconut oil in melt and pour soap?
Coconut oil is often added to soaps to help make the soap creamier and lather more. However, make sure to test different recipes to find what works, as there is a chance it can affect the quality of the soap base.
If you would like to experiment by adding coconut oil to your melt and pour soap base then we would recommend adding around 10g of coconut oil per kg of melt and pour soap base.
Do I need a safety assessment to sell my soap?
Yes, you will need to get your soaps assessed before you can sell them.